On it's maiden flight the crew of the new atomic powered airliner "Fireflash". find a bomb in their landing gear set to explode when their aircraft touches down. Whats worse, In a few hours the radiation shielding on the reactor is failing, giving the passengers and crew just a few hours before fatal exposure.
All attempts to diffuse the bomb fail and all seems lost. Until a mysterious rescue organisation appears claiming they have a way to land the plane safely. The plan is crazy, to land Fireflash on specially modified elevator cars which will replace the landing gear.
The first attempt ends in disaster, as the safety margin on the reactor expires Fireflash goes in for the final approach, this time, it's the last time...
When asked my favourite TV show, a lot of people are surprised when I respond that it's in fact a 49 year old puppet series. Surely someone my age should be more into Game of Thrones or breaking bad or something.
But yes it is in fact Thunderbirds, and why? Well it's scenes like this which you simply get nowhere else.
The finale to the first episode of Thunderbirds is quite simply one of the most heart pounding action scenes ever made and while the show maintains a high standard, they simply never bettered it. The image of the completely outclassed Elevator cars disintegrating under Fireflash's immense weight will be etched in my brain forever.
I'm pretty excited about the new Thunderbirds series on the horizon. As usual with these things i've seen quite a lot of backlash about it amongst the fanbase (I literally watched a whole forum go into meltdown over the fact TB1 now has windows and a Pitot Tube (I thought it looked pretty cool)). There been a lot of talk about what people want to see in the show and for me its this.
High stakes and demented action scenes you simply wouldn't get anywhere else.
For those who would have rather seen Gerry Anderson retake Thunderbirds himself, on the horizon Is the book series Gemini Force 1. From interviews and outlines that i've seen of what Gerry wanted to do with the series, i'd always got the feeling he wanted to wipe the slate clean and start again, retaining just the core concept. This appears to be what GF1 seems to be, a completely new take on the same idea and i'm very excited. www.gerryanderson.co.uk/gerry-…
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